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IBM MQAvada Software Infrared360Software AG Optimize for InfrastructureAurea CX MessengerTIBCO Enterprise Message ServiceTIBCO RendezvousReal-Time Innovations DDSOracle BAM
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    The methodology and the way in which the platform has been produced as a standard is most valuable. There are so many different versions of it now, but the actual basic functionality and the simplicity of it have made it far easier to be implemented in so many different instances. When I worked with the OS/2 or PS/2 machine environment, the messaging mechanisms were based upon IBM MQ. It is so versatile, which is the main reason that I'm a fan of it.
  2. It has role-based access to queues, giving us more insights into problems.Monitoring that ties into our incident management system
  3. The infrastructure monitoring features are the most valuable. The primary purpose of Software AG Optimize for Infrastructure is to automate the aspects of monitoring various infrastructure and applications. They will definitely automate an alert automatically, but a lot of such tools differ from each other on aspects of various low-level components that they can monitor.
  4. The solution offers excellent stability.ESB: Provides all kind of possibilities to resolve business needs. A lot of ready to use services plus custom Java services. I used a lot of them all.
  5. The Enterprise Messaging Server will store the message and wait for other subscribers to come onto the network.​The initial setup is straightforward and the product documentation is very good.​
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What types of insights do businesses gain from BAM as opposed to BI?
author avatarDjalma Gomes, Pmp, Mba
Vendor

In theory, BAM is meant for transactional and operational management in a daily basis. Like instruments that collect temperature and pressure to adjust control valves. BAM manages processes within a smaller scope and usually analyses data from one business area


And BI is meant to manage the company and not only processes with a more holistic view.  You may cross data from different business areas to reach broad KPIs for your company

Both are part of what is called CPM (Corporate Performance Management).  Both therms (BAM and CPM) were created by Gartner Group.

In real life however, there´s not much difference since you could have dashboards that has both aspcts (operational and managerial) depending on the client and his objectives. Tools may also be the same (like Tableau, Power BI, etc....). 

According to design best practices of dashboards, you should have a clear audience in dashboards and not mix operational and managerial views in the same dashboard, but rarely this is observed.   I have seen very detailed dashboards on process management (just as a BAM) being used by top executives in large companies.   I guess it all comes down to culture and habbit hard to change.

author avatarKim Nachazel
User

One of the key difference is that BAM is designed to monitor performance measure in real time to see progression of processes as they happen. BAM does not monitor old statistic or historical data/information, which BI does. The intent is to be proactive in identifying issues and fix them before they become unmanageable. 

author avatarSubrata Maity
Real User

BAM is more on Performance Management of the system - Transactional, parameterized across the functions of organizations. The monitoring happens at more microscopic metrics suitable for regular, operational processes monitoring, on a near real-time/real-time basis.


BI - As the name suggests, this is more an aggregated view of business functions or a group of functions together. This is derivative of a summarization and aggregation of pool of data (or pool of BA parameters ) over a period to define the meaningful insight for business CXOs and disseminating a better predictability for future. There are various level of BI maturity which start from simple descriptive intelligence to predictive intelligence.

author avatarJorge Barroso
Consultant

The difference between BAM and BI mainly recides in the way that the information is use, for example in many cases the information collected for BI is historical to the bussiness and for support to set goals in short, médium and logn term could be use to establish the estrategic decition most convenient. On other hand BAM, mainly use the information on a day to day basis about the results of bussiness processes and to act proactively to reach the operational bussiness goals of the processes with the information that could be part of the dashboard.

author avatarDavid Piech
User

Business Application Monitoring usually involves measurement and monitoring of up time of key systems, whether that be ERP, CRM, HR, etc. System uptime, downtime and performance response time are some of metrics usually associated with BAM. BI analytics are much more granular and business specific such as gross profit, inventory costs, AR days outstanding and are accessed via dashboards and reports.

author avatarreviewer1208820 (IT Consultant at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees)
Consultant

BAM is a great way to look at daily production of your business in real time, using solutions such as DMI (direct machine interface). BI is taking all of the data that you have accumulated and using that data to lead your business into the future with help of tools such as Microsoft BI, Minitab, Microstrategy and so on.

author avatarJorge Barroso
Consultant

BAM offers real-time monitoring versus historical BI information. So in situations where's urgent to decide can work better and to compare the results of those desitions with the BI information.

author avatarMushtaq Hussain
Real User

Business Activity Monitoring is the monitoring of the various processes (activities) in the business. It provides an insight into the processes in a business and how they interact with internal and external entities.


Business intelligence is the "Intelligence" derived from the data generated during the business activities/processes and their interaction with the variety of entities.



At the end of the day they both give information only their focus is different.